For much of this game, Masahiro Tanaka was rolling along having a Masahiro Tanaka-like outing. He gave up three runs in his seven innings and again looked good. Only, the offense wasn't helping him and when Tanaka got taken out, everything exploded. The last couple innings turned what was a bad offensive performance into a awful game that the Yankees lost 8-0 to the Orioles.
In the top of the second, the Orioles struck first when Jonathan Schoop hit a solo home run to put Baltimore up 1-0.
Tanaka threw a lot of pitches in the first two innings, but calmed down after that. But while Tanaka was back to being Tanaka. The Yankee offense was also back to being the Yankee offense. Brett Gardner led off the game for the Yankees with a triple. Or at least it should've been a triple. Gardner safely made it to third but overslid the bag and was tagged out before he got back on. For a long time, that was the closest the Yankees came to a run.
After several innings of neither team doing anything on offense, the Orioles tacked on some runs in the seventh. J.J. Hardy led off the inning with a single, which was followed by a double by Manny Machado. Tanaka then got a ground out and fly out for the first two outs of the inning. But unfortunately, both were good enough to score runs. After six and a half innings, the Orioles led 3-0.
After the Yankees, again, failed to score runs in the seventh, Tanaka would not come back out for the eighth. He went seven innings, allowing three runs on six hits and a walk while striking out six. The last inning made the start look a little worse overall, but it was still a pretty normal Tanak start from Tanak.
Adam Warren came in to pitch the eighth inning and that's when things got stupid. Steve Pearce and Adam Jones led off the inning with back-to-back singles. Nelson Cruz then grounded one to Kelly Johnson at third. Johnson stepped on third and went to first for a double play. However, his throw to first was airmailed due to Pearce taking out Johnson on a slide into third. Despite Pearce being nowhere near the bag, interference was not called, but Jones was sent back to third. The Yankees then opted to intentionally walk Chris Davis to load the bases. Because of course, Hardy then hit a bases-clearing double, moving to third on the throw home. Machado then hit a ball that took a big bounce over Johnson, allowing another run to score. By the time the inning was over, the Orioles led 7-0.
In the bottom of the eighth, Mark Teixeira had to be removed from the game when he was hit on the foot with a pitch.
In the ninth, the Orioles tacked on another run when Caleb Joseph hit a home run off David Huff. The Yankees went down in order in the ninth and the Orioles completed an 8-0 win. Blah.
The Yankees will now head up to Toronto to take on the Blue Jays. Tomorrow's game will start at 7 eastern. Chase Whitley and Marcus Stroman will be the starting pitchers.